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A Band Called Death (2012)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, Music | 28 June 2013 (USA)
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A documentary on the 1970s punk trio Death, and their new-found popularity decades after they disbanded.

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Mark Christopher Covino (as Mark Covino), Jeff Howlett
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dannis Hackney Dannis Hackney ... Himself, drums, Death
Bobby Hackney Bobby Hackney ... Himself, bass and vocals, Death (as Bobby Hackney Sr.)
David Hackney ... Himself, guitar, Death (archive footage)
Robbie Duncan Robbie Duncan ... Himself / Death-Cuitar
Kathleen Kathleen ... Herself, old friend of Death
Earl V. Hackney Jr. Earl V. Hackney Jr. ... Himself, not a member of Death (as Earl Hackney Jr.)
Victor Veve Victor Veve ... Himself / Lambsbread-Organ, Keyboards
Majora Florida Hackney Majora Florida Hackney ... Herself, mother of the Hackney brothers
Victor Twiggs Victor Twiggs ... Himself / Lamdsbread-Percussion
The Beatles ... Themselves (archive footage)
The Who ... Themselves (archive footage)
Don Davis Don Davis ... Himself - chief executive officer, Groovesville Productions
Brian Spears Brian Spears ... Himself, director of publishing 1972-1978, Groovesville Productions
Steve Williams Steve Williams ... Himself / Rough Francis
Steve Comegno Steve Comegno ... Himself / Rough Francis
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Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was a band called Death. Punk before punk existed, three teenage brothers in the early '70s formed a band in their spare bedroom, began playing a few local gigs and even pressed a single in the hoped of getting signed. But this was the era of Motown and emerging disco. Record companies found Death's music - and band name - too intimidating, and the group were never given a fair shot, disbanding before they even completed one album. Equal parts electrifying rockumentary and epic family love story, A Band Called Death chronicles the incredible fairy-tale journey of what happened almost three decades later, when a dusty 1974 demo tape made it way out of the attic and found an audience several generations younger. Playing music impossible ahead of its time, Death is now being credited as the first black punk band (hell...the first punk band!), and are finally receiving their long overdue recognition as true rock pioneers. Written by Drafthouse Films

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 June 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A banda neve: Halál See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,839, 30 June 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$125,856, 15 September 2013
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Soundtracks

Hackney Blues
Written and Performed by Sam Retzer
Courtesy of Echo Park Music and Sound
Tim Matt an Sam, LLC. (ASCAP)
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Sometimes, it sucks to be too far ahead of your time
5 September 2014 | by da_lowdownSee all my reviews

"What good will it do to gain the world and lose your soul?" (Mark 8:36)

At some point in our lives, most of us surrender our dreams to responsibilities of life. Family, mortgages, and the careers to sustain them. All these things of life. Some necessary. Some necessary evils. And all those unfulfilled dreams follow us to our graves. Let's face it, for most of us, it takes balls to follow your dreams, because it takes balls to fail big.

"Death", and its lead-man David Hackney, had the balls to follow their dreams. Bound by faith, family, and an unshakable confidence, they followed their dream despite the odds stacked against them. They weren't afraid to fail big. They knew that their music and their vision for the band had risks.

Listening to their music, it's evident that they were way ahead of their time, and yes, unfortunately, not what the mainstream audience expected. But still, they persisted past the rejections, disappointments and heartaches, buoyed by family loyalty and love of music.

The bright light shining through the disappointment and heartache, is the love of family. The the real core and power of this movie, is how your family's love and faith doesn't fail, even when everything else has.

Here's to the dreamers. Your dreams will be realized long after your departure. Your dreams will be your legacy and your loved ones the beneficiaries.

Rock on, all you misfits.


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